But, with our traditional religion actually having oracles speaking for the Gods, I wonder if it sometimes draws to it people who convince themselves that the voices in their heads are divine instead of signalling a need for treatment. I know that in my case, as someone with TREATED schizo-affective disorder (something like a blend of bipolar and schizophrenia) that I still hear phantom voices at times and now am hearing the voice of the young lady who died this week. I know that these voices are only in my mind, but I wonder what HER voices said.
This is a difficult subject to address in one blog so soon after a triggering event, but I think it is one that we as a community need to look at if we are to grow and prosper. We need to start training ourselves to understand the more subtle cries for help in our communities and we need to start reaching out more so that perhaps events such as the suicide of people we know does not become something that keeps people from exploring a valid path.